The '''Fantastic Four''' is a fictional superhero
team appearing in American comic book
s published by Marvel Comics
. The group debuted in ''The Fantastic Four'' #1 (cover date
d Nov. 1961), which helped to usher in a new level of realism in the mass media|medium
. The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by writer-editor Stan Lee
and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby
, who developed a collaborative approach to creating comics with this title that they would use from then on.
The four individuals traditionally associated with the Fantastic Four, who gained superpower (ability)|superpowers
after exposure to cosmic ray
s during a scientific mission to outer space, are Mister Fantastic
(Reed Richards), a scientific genius and the leader of the group, who can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes; the Invisible Woman
(Susan "Sue" Storm), who eventually married Reed, who can render herself...